Kansas City, Mo. – Night number one saw some upsets as five of ten MIAA schools got things going in MIAA play.
Central Missouri at Fort Hays State
WBB - #17 FHSU 95, #23 UCM 50
The Tigers shot .570 from the field and forced 23 Jennie turnovers as they picked up their first MIAA win of the season.
For FHSU Kate Lehman finished with a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Katelyn Edwards added 14 points while Tera INgalsbe added 13 and Melissa Nelson had 10 points. For UCM BreAnna Lewis had 13 points and Nicole Caddell added 11 points and eight rebounds.
MBB – FHSU 77, UCM 72
Fort Hays State went six for six from the free throw line in the final 35 seconds to pull out a 77-72 victory over Central Missouri.
For the Tigers Craig Nicholson scored 22 points and added seven assists. Ben Congiusta had 14 points and Lance Russell scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds. For the Mules Reggie Stalling had 19 points and Widgett Washington added 12 points. Dominique Long and Charles Hammork each had 13 points and six rebounds.
Emporia State at Northeastern State
WBB – NSU 63, #21 ESU 51
The RiverHawks shot .510 from the field as the earned a upset victory over the #21 Lady Hornets in the opener to the 2012-13 MIAA campaign.
For NSU Taylor Lewis finished with a game high 21 points. Carrington Fox added 13 points and seven rebounds and Sarah Green also finished with 13 points. For #21 ESU Laura Patrick had 15 points and Rachel Hanf added 12 points. On the glass Marissa Quick had seven rebounds.
MBB – NSU 63, ESU 56
After taking a 31-20 halftime lead Northeastern State held off an Emporia State charge late in the second half to earn their first MIAA win.
For the RiverHawks Jermaine Bransford had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bryton Hobbs added 18 points and six assists to the effort. For the Hornets Chris Sights was five for seven from the three-point line for 25 points. Taylor Euler added 11 points and Daniel Shaw led the team with six rebounds.
Lincoln at Nebraska-Kearney
WBB – UNK 79, LU 62
Nebraska-Kearney shot .569 from the field holding Lincoln to just .304 from the field as they picked up their first MIAA win.
For the Lopers Reed Levings had 13 points and Melissa Norman had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Shelby Zimmerman had 12 points and five boards in the victory. For the Blue Tigers Freddie Sims had a game high 18 points as Ariana Walker added 13 points and Dahlia Booker added 10 points.
MBB – LU 72, UNK 61
Lincoln picked up their second win of the season as they led from the 10:47 mark in the first half in a win at Nebraska-Kearney.
For the Blue Tigers Cedric Ridle had 19 points and seven rebounds. Sean Harris and Jeremy Jackson each had 14 points and Charles Cole pulled down eight boards. For the Lopers Mike Dentlinger led all scorers on the night with 21 points. Tyler Shield had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Jon Henderson had 11 points.
Lindenwood at Northwest Missouri
WBB – NWMSU 69, LWU 40
NWMSU forced 31 turnovers and shot .419 from the field as they earned a victory in their MIAA opener at home against Lindenwood.
For the Bearcats Annie Matthews had 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Ashley Thayer added 13 points and Tember Schechinger had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. For the Lions Julie Hlinak eight points and Tori Kuhn had 13 total rebounds.
MBB – NWMSU 73, LWU 66 OT
Lindenwood stormed back in the second half to force overtime, but fell in overtime at #12 Northwest Missouri.
For the Bearcats Alex Sullivan and DeAngelo Hailey led the way with 18 points each. Dillon Starzl had 13 points and Matt Wallace had 11 with Kyle Schlake pulling down 10 boards. For the Lions Alex Bazzel led the way with a game high 21 points. Cody Sorenson had 16 points and Brett Thompson added 12 points.
Truman at Missouri Western
WBB -- MWSU 71, TSU 64
Both teams shot well above .500 from the field and MWSU held off a TSU comeback to pull out an MIAA opening victory.
For the Griffons Heather Howard scored 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds. JaQuitta Dever had 12 points and Tiffanie Abrams added nine. For the Bulldogs Jennifer Conway had 14 points to lead all scorers. Amy Briggs added 13 points and Allie Norton finished with ten points.
MBB – TSU 71, MWSU 69
In a close game from start to finish Truman pulled out a victory on the road at Missouri Western.
For the Bulldogs Mike Carlson had 19 points and nine rebounds. Isaac Gardner had 12 points, Tom Norton had 11 and Cory Myers had 10 points. For the Griffons Cedric Clinkscales had a double-double with 14 points and ten boards.